My daughter has been looking for a career change for several years. She has gained certification and become physically fit to prepare for this new career. She has now been offered a position and was really excited about it until she found that there is a residency requirement and she has to live in the city where the job is. Her DH and her children don't want to move. She is so torn. She has dreamed of this position for years and has worked hard to be able to do it. Now she feels she can't accept the position. We talked by phone yesterday and my heart ached. I wanted to tell her to pursue her dreams and not to let anything stop her, but she is a mother and a wife and has to do what she feels is best. I listened, I supported and I loved. I told her she could call me whenever she needed while she makes this decision and I would do anything I could to help in any way she wants. And I will pray that the right decision will come for her and her family.
Yesterday was very physical. I went swimming in the am. I hadn't been swimming for over a year maybe even 2. I thought I would swim for 20 minutes. However, I felt strong and wasn't winded so I swam for 30 minutes and felt great. The rest of the day DH and I finished cleaning out the basement guest room which he had been using for an office for the last few years. Since he retired about a year ago I thought it was time to clean it out. So we did. I went up and down stairs carrying all sorts of stuff umpteen times. I thought it was a pretty good strength and cardio workout. lol. Then I went to the library and grocery shopping for our stay at the cabin this weekend. To top it off, I tried a new SP generated strength workout. After all that and eating within my SP guidelines, I am still up 2 pounds. Go figure... But I am still motivated and don't feel discouraged. I am in this for the long haul...the rest of my life. I feel so much better physically that I don't really care that the weight and inches aren't changing. I will keep up with what I am doing and know that I am healthier.
I can't believe that I am starting to enjoy exercise. When I wake up now the first thing I think is "Did I wake up early enough to take a walk with my dog before work?" instead of "Oh, I'm so tired." I look forward to getting on the treadmill and actually sweating! I didn't realize how much fun it is to get my heart rate up to some "Oldies, but Goldies". I hope I remember this when the first day comes that I am tired, or don't feel well. I hope I keep exercising daily "no matter what". I need to remember that when I have a down day all I need to do is exercise for 10 minutes. It might make me feel good and so I keep on exercising or if it doesn't make me feel better, I can stop and at least I kept the daily habit of exercise. I am so glad I am able to record these blogs in this website so I can re read them and keep remembering how good I feel right now. In the past, I have let bad days accumulate and just stopped exercising. Thank you SP and all my Spark Friends for keeping this site going.